Iowa Energy

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Iowa Energy
Iowa Energy logo
Founded 2007
History Iowa Energy
2007–present
Arena Wells Fargo Arena
City Des Moines, Iowa
Team colors Navy, blue, smoke blue, yellow
                   
Owner(s) Jed Kaplan, Iowa Basketball, LLC
Head coach Bob Donewald, Jr.
Championships 1 (2011)

The Iowa Energy are an American professional basketball team based in Des Moines, Iowa. It is an affiliate of the Memphis Grizzlies. They play in the Eastern Conference in the NBA Development League (NBA D-League), a minor league basketball organization owned and run by the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Energy play their home games at the Wells Fargo Arena.[1] They broke the D-league attendance record on their first ever home game with 8,842 fans.[2][3] The record was later broken again by the Energy in Game 2 of the 2011 D-League Finals with an attendance of 14,036 fans.[4][5] The Energy won the 2011 D-League Finals, having defeated the Rio Grande Valley Vipers two games to one.

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

On February 27, 2007, the D-League awarded an expansion team to Des Moines, Iowa as one of the four expansion teams for the 2007–08 season. The team is owned and operated by Iowa Basketball, LLC, a local ownership group led by attorney Jerry Crawford and also including Gary Kirke, Sheldon Ohringer, Paul Drey, Michael Richards and Bruce Rastetter. The team would play their home games at the Wells Fargo Arena, parts of the Iowa Events Center.[1] The team later hired former Northern Iowa player Nick Nurse as the team's first head coach.[6]

The team initially held a naming contest for the team. The choices listed on their website were Corncobs, Maize, River Rats, Scarecrows, and Thoroughbreds.[7] However, on June 29, 2007, the owners announced the name Iowa Energy, along with team colors and logos. The team logo was an orange basketball above the word "energy" and the team colors are purple, orange and red.[8] Two NBA teams, the Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat, were announced as the team's NBA affiliates.[9]

2007–2010[edit]

The Energy began to construct their roster by participating in the 2007 D-League Expansion Draft on September 5, 2007, and the 2007 D-League Draft on November 1, 2007. On November 23, 2007, the Energy played their first ever game in the D-League. They defeated the defending champion Dakota Wizards 101–99 to record the team's first ever win.[10] Their inaugural home game at the Wells Fargo Center was played on November 26, 2007. The Energy defeated the Albuquerque Thunderbirds 101–98 in front of a league-record attendance of 8,842.[2][3] The Energy finished the season third in the Central Division with 22 wins and 28 losses. The record was only the tenth best record in the league and therefore the Energy failed to qualify for the playoffs.

Before the 2008–09 season, the league announced that the Energy would be affiliated with the Bulls and the Phoenix Suns. The Suns, who was previously affiliated with the Albuquerque Thunderbirds, replaced the Heat, which would be affiliated with the Thunderbirds.[11] The Energy improved their performance and finished the season with the best record in the Central Division with 28 wins and 22 losses. They were seeded third for the playoffs and were paired with the Dakota Wizards in the First Round. However, they were defeated by the Wizards at home with a 109–114 loss.[12]

Energy center Courtney Sims, who averaged 22.8 points and 11.0 rebounds per game, won the D-League Most Valuable Player Award.[13] He also earned multiple call-ups to the NBA, signing a pair of 10-day contracts with the Phoenix Suns and the New York Knicks. Guard Othyus Jeffers, who was selected in the third round of the 2008 D-League Draft by the Energy, was named as the Rookie of the Year Award.[14] Sims was named in the All-NBA D-League First Team while Energy first-round draftee Cartier Martin was named in the All-NBA D-League Third Team.[15] Both Sims and Martin received call-ups to the NBA and were forced to miss the Energy's playoff games.

The Energy were reassigned to the Eastern Conference for the 2009–10 season as the league realigned itself to two conferences. Despite losing former MVP Courtney Sims to overseas, the Energy improved their regular season record.[16] They won the Eastern Conference with 37 wins, which was also the best record in the league. As one of the top three seeds, the Energy has the rights to choose their opponents in the first round of the playoffs.[17] They chose to face the seventh seed Utah Flash of the Western Conference.[18] They lost the first game of the series before they bounced back with two straight wins to advance to the semifinals.[19] In the semifinals, the Energy faced the eighth seed Tulsa 66ers, who eliminated the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the first round. The Energy defeated the 66ers 107–102 in the first game at Tulsa.[20] However, the 66ers won the second game at Des Moines to even the series.[21] In the decisive Game 3, the Energy lost 122–127 at home and was eliminated from the playoffs.[22]

2011 championship season[edit]

Courtney Sims, Othyus Jeffers and Curtis Stinson all returned to the Energy roster for the 2010–11 season.[23] The team also retained Nick Nurse as head coach after he briefly accepted a coaching position at Iowa State.[24] The Energy matched their previous season performance by recording 37 wins and clinched the first seed again. The Energy once again had the rights to choose their opponents in the first round of the playoffs. They chose seventh seed Utah Flash, who was defeated by the Energy in the first round of last year playoffs. The Energy and the Flash each won one road game each before the Energy won the decisive Game 3 at home to advance to the semifinal.[25] In the semifinals, the Energy faced the Tulsa 66ers who eliminated them in last year's playoffs. The Energy recorded two straight win and won the series 2–0 to advance to the D-League Finals.[26]

The Energy's opponent in the finals is the third seed Rio Grande Valley Vipers who defeated the second seed Reno Bighorns in the semifinals. The Energy, led by Curtis Stinson's triple-double, won the first game 123–106 at Hidalgo. Stinson scored 29 points along with 10 rebounds and 10 assists, while five other Energy players scored in double figures.[27] The Vipers won the second game 141–122 despite Stinson's second straight triple-double.[28] That second game at Wells Fargo Arena was attended by a new league-record attendance of 14,036 fans.[4][5] In the decisive Game 3, Stinson suffered an injury that limited his playing time. The Energy was trailing the Vipers by seven points after three quarters, but they managed to outscore the Vipers 38–23 in the fourth quarter to clinch the D-League championship. Guard Stefhon Hannah led the Energy with 31 points, while five other Energy players scored in double figures.[29][30]

Stinson, who averaged 19.3 points, 9.8 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game, was named as the D-League Most Valuable Player Award.[31] Stinson and former Rookie of the Year Othyus Jeffers were named in the All-NBA D-League Team.[32] Two Energy stars, Jeffers and former MVP Courtney Sims, both missed the Energy's playoff games. Jeffers received a call-up to the Washington Wizards and signed a contract for the remainder of the season, while Sims left the team to play in China.

2011–14[edit]

Before the 2011–12 season, the league announced that the Energy would be affiliated with three teams, the Bulls, the New Orleans Hornets and the Washington Wizards. The Energy ended their three years affiliation with the Suns as the Bakersfield Jam was announced to be the Suns' new affiliate.[33] On July 15, 2011, head coach Nick Nurse left the Energy and was hired by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers to be their new head coach.[34] The Energy later named former Utah Flash head coach Kevin Young as the team's new head coach.[35]

For the 2012-13 season, Energy added the Denver Nuggets as an affiliate in addition to the existing affiliations with the Bulls, Hornets, and Wizards.[36] Young was fired in January 2013, replaced by Bruce Wilson on an interim basis.

The Minnesota Timberwolves were added as an affiliate for the 2013–14 season,[37] while Nate Bjorkgren as the franchise’s new head coach.[38] Led by Othyus Jeffers, who was co-Most Valuable Player of the season along with Ron Howard, the Energy won its fourth consecutive Central Division title, but fell to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the playoffs.[39]

2014–present[edit]

Following the 2014 season, the Energy announced that that they would be entering a hybrid single affiliation deal with the Memphis Grizzlies. The teams color scheme would shift towards that of the Grizzlies.[40] Jed Kaplan, a minority owner of the Memphis Grizzlies, purchased the team and is now the majority owner.

Season results[edit]

Season Division / Conference Finish Wins Losses Win% Playoffs
Iowa Energy
2007–08 Central 3rd 22 28 .440
2008–09 Central 1st 28 22 .560 Lost First Round to Dakota Wizards, 109–114
2009–10 Eastern 1st 37 13 .740 Won First Round vs. Utah Flash, 2–1
Lost Semifinals to Tulsa 66ers, 1–2
2010–11 Eastern 1st 37 13 .740 Won First Round vs. Utah Flash, 2–1
Won Semifinals vs. Tulsa 66ers, 2–0
Won D-League Finals vs. Rio Grande Valley Vipers, 2–1
2011–12 Eastern 5th 25 25 .500 Lost First Round to Los Angeles D-Fenders, 0–2
2012–13 Central 6th 14 36 .280
2013–14 Central 1st 31 19 .620 Lost First Round to Rio Grande Valley Vipers, 1–2
2014–15 Central 3rd 26 24 .520
Regular season 220 180 .550
Playoffs 10 10 .500

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Iowa Energy roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
G 7 Allen, Chris 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1988–11–13 Iowa State
G Barbour, Nick (I) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1989–05–12 High Point
F 24 Hall, Ferrakohn 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1990–09–20 Memphis
F 50 Henderson-Niles, Pierre 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 300 lb (136 kg) 1987–06–07 Memphis
G 10 McCall, Mike 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1991–06–16 Saint Louis
G/F 15 Owens, Larry 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1983–01–08 Oral Roberts
G 11 Perry, Kendrick 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1992–12–23 Youngstown State
F 18 Thomas, Tyrus (I) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1986–08–16 LSU
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Nicki Gross
  • Bruce Wilson
  • Matt Woodley
Athletic trainer(s)
  • Betsy Knecht

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (NBA) On assignment from NBA affiliate
  • (I) Inactive
  • Injured Injured

RosterTransactions
Last transaction: 2015–07–30

Awards and honors[edit]

Othyus Jeffers won the Rookie of the Year Award in 2009 and received two All-Star Game selections during his career with the Energy.
NBA D-League Most Valuable Player Award
NBA D-League Rookie of the Year Award
All-NBA D-League First Team
All-NBA D-League Second Team
All-NBA D-League Third Team
NBA D-League All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award

Players with NBA experience[edit]

NBA call-ups[edit]

Anthony Tolliver was called up to the New Orleans Hornets during the 2008–09 season.

A call-up occurs when a player is signed by an NBA team. A D-League player is usually signed to a 10-day contract, a short-term contract which lasts ten days, and is available to be used starting January 5. A player can only sign two 10-day contracts with the same team in one season. If the team wants to retain the player after the second 10-day contract expires, the team has to sign the player for the remainder of the season.[41]

Season Player NBA team Date(s) called up and contract(s) signed
2008–09 Sims, CourtneyCourtney Sims Phoenix Suns January 20, 2009: Signed to a 10-day contract
February 13, 2009: Signed to a second 10-day contract
2008–09 Tolliver, AnthonyAnthony Tolliver New Orleans Hornets January 21, 2009: Signed to a 10-day contract
2008–09 Martin, CartierCartier Martin Charlotte Bobcats January 29, 2009: Signed to a 10-day contract
February 8, 2009: Signed to a second 10-day contract
February 18, 2009: Signed for the remainder of the season
2008–09 Nichols, DemetrisDemetris Nichols New York Knicks March 6, 2009: Signed to a 10-day contract
March 17, 2009: Signed to a second 10-day contract
2008–09 Sims, CourtneyCourtney Sims (2) New York Knicks March 23, 2009: Signed to a 10-day contract
April 2, 2009: Signed to a second 10-day contract
2009–10 Martin, CartierCartier Martin Golden State Warriors January 10, 2010: Signed to a 10-day contract
January 20, 2010: Signed to a second 10-day contract
2009–10 Jeffers, OthyusOthyus Jeffers Utah Jazz March 3, 2010: Signed to a 10-day contract
March 14, 2010: Signed to a second 10-day contract
March 23, 2010: Signed for the remainder of the season
2009–10 Martin, CartierCartier Martin (2) Washington Wizards March 30, 2010: Signed to a 10-day contract
April 9, 2010: Signed for the remainder of the season
2009–10 Barron, EarlEarl Barron New York Knicks April 2, 2010: Signed to a 10-day contract
April 12, 2010: Signed for the remainder of the season
2010–11 Jeffers, OthyusOthyus Jeffers San Antonio Spurs March 4, 2011: Signed to a 10-day contract
2010–11 Jeffers, OthyusOthyus Jeffers (2) Washington Wizards March 17, 2011: Signed to a 10-day contract
March 27, 2011: Signed to a second 10-day contract
April 6, 2011: Signed for the remainder of the season
2010–11 Blakely, MarqusMarqus Blakely Houston Rockets April 13, 2011: Signed for the remainder of the season
2011–12 Martin, CartierCartier Martin Washington Wizards March 28, 2012: Signed to a 10-day contract

Note

  • Number in parentheses indicates the number of call-ups from the Energy that a player has received during the season.

NBA assignments[edit]

An NBA team can assign rookies or second year players to its affiliated D-League team. A player can be assigned to the Development League only three times in a season.

Shannon Brown was assigned from the Chicago Bulls during the 2007–08 season.
Season Player NBA team Date assigned Date recalled
2007–08 Curry, JamesOnJamesOn Curry Chicago Bulls November 15, 2007 December 17, 2007
2007–08 Nichols, DemetrisDemetris Nichols Chicago Bulls December 18, 2007 January 7, 2008
2007–08 Curry, JamesOnJamesOn Curry (2) Chicago Bulls January 7, 2008 January 24, 2008
2007–08 Anthony, JoelJoel Anthony Miami Heat February 27, 2008 March 8, 2008
2007–08 Cook, DaequanDaequan Cook Miami Heat February 27, 2008 March 8, 2008
2007–08 Nichols, DemetrisDemetris Nichols (2) Chicago Bulls February 29, 2008 March 15, 2008
2007–08 Brown, ShannonShannon Brown Chicago Bulls March 15, 2008 April 2, 2008
2007–08 Simmons, CedricCedric Simmons Chicago Bulls March 15, 2008 April 2, 2008
2008–09 Tucker, AlandoAlando Tucker Phoenix Suns December 26, 2008 January 2, 2009
2008–09 Sims, CourtneyCourtney Sims Phoenix Suns February 14, 2009 February 17, 2009
2009–10 Griffin, TaylorTaylor Griffin Phoenix Suns December 7, 2009 December 14, 2009
2009–10 Griffin, TaylorTaylor Griffin (2) Phoenix Suns December 29, 2009 January 20, 2010
2009–10 Clark, EarlEarl Clark Phoenix Suns March 15, 2010 March 22, 2010
2009–10 Griffin, TaylorTaylor Griffin (3) Phoenix Suns April 7, 2010 April 12, 2010
2010–11 Lawal, GaniGani Lawal Phoenix Suns November 16, 2010 December 19, 2010
2010–11 Siler, GarretGarret Siler Phoenix Suns January 2, 2011 January 9, 2011
2010–11 Johnson, JamesJames Johnson Chicago Bulls January 27, 2011 February 14, 2011
2011–12 N'Diaye, HamadyHamady N'Diaye Washington Wizards January 1, 2012 January 30, 2012
2011–12 Henry, XavierXavier Henry New Orleans Hornets March 18, 2012 March 19, 2012

Note

  • Number in parentheses indicates the number of assignments to the Energy that a player has received during the season.

Coaches[edit]

# Head coach Term Regular season Playoffs Titles
G W L Win% G W L Win%
1 Nurse, NickNick Nurse 2007–2011 200 124 76 .620 15 9 6 .600 (2011)
2 Young, KevinKevin Young 2011–2013 73 31 42 .425 2 0 2 .000
3 Wilson, BruceBruce Wilson 2013 27 8 19 .296
4 Bjorkgren, NateNate Bjorkgren 2013–2014 50 31 19 .620 3 1 2 .333
5 Donewald, Jr., BobBob Donewald, Jr. 2014– 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0

Awards and honors[edit]

NBA D-League Coach of the Year Award
NBA D-League All-Star selections

NBA affiliates[edit]

Current affiliate[edit]

Memphis Grizzlies (2014–present)

Former affiliates[edit]

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